Waterproof tablets and phones with 4K cameras – day one at Mobile World Congress



Sony launches a waterproof tablet and a phone with the ability to shoot 4K video, while Nokia reveals its first Android handsets (kind of) - read our round up of Mobile World Congress so far

Ever wish you could take your tablet into the bath without fear of it suffering serious water damage?

Now you can, thanks to a new waterproof tablet launched by Sony at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona.  

Sony's bath-friendly Z2 tablet caught the eye on Monday, alongside its Z2 phone - which shoots 4K video and "redefines the smartphone" - alongside Nokia's first-ever Android smartphones.

Sony's waterproof tablet

Xperia Z2 Tablet

Sony has called its Xperia Z2 the "world's thinnest and lightest waterproof tablet" and tech magazine Stuff said it could "well believe" this claim.

The magazine said: "The term 'waterproof tablet' conjures an image of something military that requires a Humvee support vehicle and four steroidal action-geek operators. And then you pick up the new Z2 Tablet - which is demonstrably waterproof and yet feels like a sliver of layered butterfly dreams - and experience a moment of disbelief."

As well as being completely waterproof, the 10.1-inch tablet runs the new Android KitKat operating system and packs a super-fast quad core Snapdragon processor.

It's exceptionally slim too - measuring 6.4mm thick, compared to its 6.9mm predecessor - and also has a full HD screen.

Cnet said this made it "well equipped to tackle glossy, high definition shows on Netflix".
The Z2 will go on sale in March.

Sony's 4K phone (that's also waterproof)

Xperia Z2 Phone

Sony also caught our eye with its new Xperia Z2, which it says has the "world's best camera and camcorder in a waterproof phone" and has "redefined the smartphone".

The phone follows on from last year's Z1, already a "smashing piece of kit" according to Cnet. So how does it improve? By adding the capability to shoot 4K video and a bigger 5.2-inch screen.

We explained that 4K was here to stay in our blog, and Sony says by including 4K shooting it's future-proofing the phone.  

As well as being waterproof, you can also take pictures underwater too. Cnet explains: "The screen won't register your taps when wet, but there's a dedicated camera shutter button on the edge to help with those snorkelling shots."

Kunimasa Suzuki, president and chief executive, Sony Mobile Communications, said: "We have redefined the smartphone once again through our camera. Xperia Z2 offers an innovative experience that captures memories in stunning detail through 4K video shooting, or offers new ways to use the camera with our unique Xperia camera apps."
The Z2 will go on sale in March.

Nokia announces first Android phones

Nokia X MWC

Nokia also made waves on day one by lifting the lid on its first phones to run on Google's Android operating system.

The Finnish firm's recent Lumia phones have run on Microsoft's Windows Phone OS. However, although the new Nokia X runs Android - it's not quite as you know it.

Nokia has designed a new operating system that uses Android as a backbone and adds features from Windows Phone and Asha.

So instead of finding the Google services you'd expect from other Android phones, you'll find Windows live tiles, and Microsoft services such as Bing, Skype and Outlook as well as BlackBerry Messenger.

As well as the X, Nokia also announced the X+ and XL. The X will go on sale immediately.

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